Lord Soley

Manufacturing industry

Lord Soley

I couldn’t resist intervening on Monday. There was a question put down by Lord Steinberg about manufacturing industry. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldhansrd/text/80331-0001.htm#0803317000004  As there is no speaker to call you to speak as in the Commons, members of the Lords just have to push and shove – most delicately of course! Baroness Wall wanted to emphasise how well the…

Constitutional reform

Lord Soley

There was an important statement made in both the Lords and Commons about constitutional reform on Tuesday 25th March which received far less coverage in the media than it should have done. The link here is to the statement in the Commons which is then repeated word for word in the Lords. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080325/debtext/80325-0003.htm#0803254000001  The statement…

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Lord Soley

I listened to Any Answers ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/anyquestions.shtml ) on my car radio this Saturday and was reminded of the strength of feeling on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. I am fairly confident that the majority of people are in favour of the Bill but now that several church leaders have waded in I suspect the argument will get…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee – next hearing

Lord Soley

The next hearing of the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee will be on Wednesday 26th March at 3.30pm. The hearing is open to the public as usual. Our witness will be Dr Scott Dowell, Director of the Global Disease Detection Program of the US Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA. http://www.cdc.gov/ The evidence will be taken…

Tibet and Iraq

Lord Soley

Question time on Thursday gave me the opportunity to make a point about training the Iraqi army and also about  Chinese repression in Tibet. These are both contentious issues. Iraq. Whatever your views about the invasion of Iraq I hope people will agree that training the Iraqi army is vital for the future stability of the…